What is the DANUBIS.org Water Platform?

DANUBIS.org stands for Danube Utility Benchmarking and Information Sharing. The DANUBIS.org Water Platform is an online knowledge space of resources on water and wastewater services in South-East, Eastern, and Central Europe. DANUBIS.org is jointly managed by the World Bank and IAWD, the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area. 

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21 August 2017

Free Webinar on "Decarbonisation of water utilities- Tool for energy and emission assessment"

The impacts of climate change pose an increasing burden to how drinking water and wastewater utilities maintain the security of their supply and the operational performance of its infrastructure. At the same time the supply of water and the treatment of used water leads to substantial greenhouse gas emissions, caused e.g. by water loss and inefficiencies in the urban water systems.

These challenges however, can provide a window of opportunity to initiate a much needed paradigm shift towards low-energy, low-carbon and climate resilient urban water services. Drinking water and wastewater utilities can reduce their carbon footprint through energy efficiency measures, but also through reducing the direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions (methane and nitrous oxide) related to wastewater treatment and discharge. Implementing improvement measures has multiple benefits as it allows utilities to reduce their operational costs, improve their service to the public and protect the environment.


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 21 August 2017

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17 August 2017

Submit your pitch and win a free participation to G-STIC 2017

G-STIC 2017 provides a unique chance to discover opportunities for technology innovations that enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Are you a student, PhD student or junior researcher?

If you have a novel idea on technology that holds potential to create systemic change, submit your pitch to win a free conference participation before August, 25th.

Otherwise, don't miss out on the last chance today to register with an Early Bird discount.

Check their website www.gstic.org/ for more info.


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 17 August 2017

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17 August 2017

Emerging Water Professional Opportunity at the International RiverSymposium

The International River Foundation (IRF) is currently calling for applications from Emerging Water Professionals, who would like to participate in a tailored program of activities during the 20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference.

If you’re interested in unlocking a range of opportunities as a future water leader, the IRFwill help you to develop your skills, networks and expertise.

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Business Opportunities

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Job Opening

@ REGIONAL

20 July 2017

Intern to GWP’s Global Office

GWP is looking for an intern who wants to join the global secretariat in Stockholm, Sweden, this autumn. The main job tasks will be to support GWP’s SDG Preparedness Facility and Youth for Water and Climate initiative. GWP is offering 30,000 SEK to cover expenses connected to the internship.

Deadline for applications is 14 August 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.  

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 08 August 2017

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Job Opening

@ Albania

12 June 2017

Tirana, Albania

Request for Expressions of Interest – International Subject Matter Experts

The Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania (SHUKALB) has received financing from the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD), under the Danube Water Program, toward the cost of implementing the project “Developing a Utility Management Training Program Curricula Framework for the Water Supply and Wastewater Utility Managers in the Danube Region”.

 

SHUKALB intends to apply part of the proceeds for the consultant services of 6 Subject Matter Experts, who will be developing the curricula content of the Utility Management Training Program. Specifically, they will be developing individual course narratives descriptions, learning objectives, and detailed course outlines for every course included in the final training program curriculum. 

 

The Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in undertaking this assignment.

 

Interested candidates can obtain more information in the RfEoI on SHUKALB’s website and Terms of Reference.

 


Contributed by Alban Kushi on 12 June 2017

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Job Opening

@ Romania

04 April 2017

UNDP looking for Climate Change Expert

The purpose of this project is to transfer technologies for climate resilient flood management in Vrbas River Basin (VRB), UNDP, BiH to enable the communities of the Vrbas basin to adapt to flood risk through the transfer of adaptation technologies for climate resilient flood management,   upgrade and rehabilitation of the hydrometric monitoring network, development of a flood forecasting system and early warning system, development of emergency response plans, and provision of training in flood-specific civil protection.  

The overall objective of this assignment is to prepare a plan of action for climate change adaptation in VRB with a focus on the most vulnerable sectors: agriculture and water management.

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Danubis.org News

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22 May 2017

DANUBIS.org Breakfast held at the 2017 DWC

IAWD and World Bank organized a breakfast on the Danubis.org water platform, which was attended by donor agency representatives, regulatory agencies, waterworks associations and individual utilities to jointly brainstorm around how to promote and enhance the use of this rich tool,  with great potential to promote WSS sector agenda and unique analytical tools by utilities and other stakeholders in the Danube region.


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16 May 2017

Summary of April 24, 2017 DANUBIS.org Steering Group meeting

Please find the Minutes of the DANUBIS.org Steering Group Meeting on 24 April 2017 attached.

 


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 May 2017

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11 May 2017

How to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast on 19 May?

Did you know the origin of the term “Benchmark”?

The term “bench mark”, or “benchmark”, originates from the chiseled horizontal marks that surveyors made in stone structures, into which an angle-iron could be placed to form a "bench" for a leveling rod, thus ensuring that a leveling rod could be accurately repositioned in the same place in the future. These marks were usually indicated with a chiseled arrow below the horizontal line. Even today, brass plates can be found all over the U.K. displaying the letters “OSBM” (Ordnance Survey Bench Mark).

Today, benchmarking is most used to measure performance using a specific indicator (cost per unit of measure, productivity per unit of measure, cycle time of x per unit of measure or defects per unit of measure) resulting in a metric of performance that is then compared to others.

If you want to learn more about the benchmarking database on DANUBIS.org, please use the password “Benchmark” to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast!

 


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@ Czech Republic

Czech Water Association, Czech Technical University in Prague

14th IWA/IAHR International Conference on Urban Drainage (ICUD)

Praha, Czech Rebuplic // 10 September 2017 - 15 September 2017

Conference / Workshop

Since 1981, the IWA/IAHR Joint Committee on Urban Drainage (JCUD) has organized the triennial International Conferences on Urban Drainage (ICUDs). Recognised as the most important international event in the field of urban drainage, ICUDs are held in different parts of the world by groups of active researchers, selected and designated by the JC after a competitive assessment of submitted proposals. Since 2005, the Poul Harremoës Award competition has been held for the best urban drainage paper presented by a young author during each ICUD and since 2011, the JCUD Mid-Career and Career Achievement Awards for internationally recognised contributions to the field of urban drainage are granted.

The ICUD conference aims to present the latest advances and innovative approaches in fundamental and applied research on urban drainage, taking into account meteorological, hydrological, hydraulic, water quality and socio-economic aspects worldwide. Among its specific interests are urban water quality, sewer sediments, source control, storm water management, combined sewer overflows, drainage in cold and alpine climates, real time control of urban drainage systems and the data and models related to urban water. The ICUD strives to maintain its long-standing broad international recognition as a prominent platform for the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of urban drainage. It considers its activities in the wider context of urban water systems, with the ambition of developing and promoting a sustainable and integrated urban water management.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 February 2017

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@ Austria

BOKU, TU Wien, IAWD

10th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference

Vienna, Austria // 17 September 2017 - 20 September 2017

Conference / Workshop

After 20 years of scientific research in the field of micropollutants, in this conference we seek to compile the current knowledge and foster its implementation in water resource management. Therefore, we gather leading experts and practitioners in the field of wastewater, drinking water and reuse from all over the world to share the latest scientific development and expertise on research, monitoring, engineering, operation and management.

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GENERAL

@ Austria, REGIONAL

Danube Transnational Programme

Seed Money Facility Event

Vienna, Austria // 27 September 2017

Conference / Workshop

Seed Money Facility (SMF) is a funding opportunity provided by the Danube Transnational Programme to support the development of projects in line with the 12 Priority Areas of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. With Seed Money support, projects can be prepared for further funding source, regardless the financial instrument to be addressed by the project developed, be it national, mainstream EU, transnational or cross border or by any other public or private investor (such as IFIs) or public-private partnership.

What is the event about?

During the Seed Money Facility Event, information will be given about:

  • Danube Transnational Programme and EUSDR
  • Seed Money Facility in general
  • Seed Money Facility call for proposal in particular (rules and procedures) - expected to be launched in autumn 2017
  • TOPICS ADDRESSED by the Seed Money Facility call
  • Existing financing opportunities for different topics

Around 150 stakeholders, decision-makers and potential partners, representing national, regional and local authorities, as well as other relevant actors interested in the Seed Money Facility, are expected to participate in the event. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and share their visions for potential project ideas with both EUSDR and funding programme representatives.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 08 August 2017

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Country resources

Sector strategy

24 June 2017

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AMAC Association

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.20

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.20 Legea privind plata pentru poluarea mediului nr. 1540-XIII din 25.02.1998 și alte acte normative.

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 25 June 2017

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24 June 2017

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BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.19

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.19 Hotărîrea Agenţiei Naţionale de Reglementare în Energetică № 24/2017 din 26 ianuarie 2017 " Cu privire la aprobarea Regulamentului privind procedurile de achiziţie a bunurilor, lucrărilor şi serviciilor utilizate în activitatea titularilor de licență din sectoarele electroenergetic, termoenergetic, gazelor naturale și operatorilor care furnizează serviciul public de alimentare cu apă și de canalizare" .

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 25 June 2017

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24 June 2017

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BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.18

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.18 Convenţie Colectivă (nivel de ramură) pentru anii 2017-2021.

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Sector resources

Good Practice review

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Miloš Rozkošný, Michal Kriška, Jan Šálek, Igor Bodík, Darja Istenič

Natural Technologies of Wastewater Treatment

There is a great need for wastewater treatment for all sources of pollution < 2,000 p.e. in Central and Eastern Europe and there is an obvious potential for natural treatment systems. There is more and more scientific evidence that the natural treatment systems are very efficient treatment technologies
and there are many fine examples of the use of natural treatment systems for purification of many types of wastewater, sludge handling and use of purified water for irrigation.

The publication “Natural Technologies of Wastewater Treatment” provides a comprehensive overview about the construction, operation and treatment performance of various types natural of treatment systems. Also, it provides information about waste management and the use of treated
wastewater for irrigation. The publication is easy to follow and the theory is supported with well selected photographs and drawings. 

Publisher: lobal Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE),

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12 July 2017

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WHO, UNICEF, JMP

Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and Sustainable Development Goal baselines

Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by WHO and UNICEF.

The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report, Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and Sustainable Development Goal baselines, presents the first global assessment of “safely managed” drinking water and sanitation services. The overriding conclusion is that too many people still lack access, particularly in rural areas.

“Safe water, sanitation and hygiene at home should not be a privilege of only those who are rich or live in urban centres,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “These are some of the most basic requirements for human health, and all countries have a responsibility to ensure that everyone can access them.”

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2017

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WHO, IWA

Global status report on water safety plans

Water safety planning is a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach that is widely recognized as the most reliable and effective way to manage drinking-water supplies to safeguard public health.

Based on information gathered from 118 countries representing every region of the globe, this report provides a picture of WSP uptake worldwide. It presents information on WSP implementation and the integration of WSPs into the policy environment. It also explores WSP benefits, challenges and future priorities.

It is envisaged that this report will serve as a useful resource for policy-makers, practitioners and other stakeholders to inform and strengthen the planning and practice of WSP implementation.

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